Wednesday, April 14, 2010

CNN Poll: Who wins an Obama vs. Palin matchup?

On what planet would one feel the need to even ask people the question in the title? I know wingnuts love her but it has surely been established beyond all reasonable doubt by poll after poll that the American people do not think Sarah Palin is ready to be the next president of the United States.

So what does the CNN poll say about a contest between Obama and Palin? Well, it says what every other poll has always said.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday also indicates that President Barack Obama would top the former Alaska governor by double digits in a possible 2012 general election showdown.

But there is something more than name recognition at work in Obama's big lead over Palin.

"Palin is almost as well known as Obama, but the general public appears to have some doubts about what they have seen of her so far," says Holland.

The poll found that 61 percent of Americans think Palin is not a typical politician, and half see her as honest and trustworthy. But 54 percent say they don't agree with her on the issues, 56 percent say she is not a strong and decisive leader, and 69 percent say she is not qualified to be president. Palin is popular in the South and in rural areas, but her unfavorable rating is at or near 60 percent among women, suburbanites, Independents, and in the Northeast and West.

The public understand fine well what Palin stands for, but most of them reject her stances on the issues.

She appeals to that Sean Hannity/Glenn Beck crowd of angry losers. To those people who want to "take their country back."

The most interesting thing about the latest CNN poll is that even the Republicans wouldn't be likely to choose Palin as their next leader.
The survey found that 24 percent of Republicans and Republican leaning Independents say they would most likely support Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate, in the battle for the 2012 GOP nomination. And 20 percent said they would back former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who also ran for the White House in 2008. Palin, who was Sen. John McCain's running mate in the last presidential election, came in third place with 15 percent, a point ahead of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
She's a brilliant self publicist, but the chances of the Republican party ever being insane enough to choose her as the person to challenge Obama is slight.

She almost single handedly brought down the campaign of John McCain, I doubt they would be suicidal enough to put their future in her hands again.

So why do CNN have to treat her as if she is a serious contender?

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Steel Phoenix said...

I think CNN posted this for much the same reason you did.

What I find odd here is that Ron Paul is pretty much tied with Obama in such polls, yet he also pretty much ties with Palin. Sometimes I think the majority of the American public pull their opinions from their collective posteriors.

Kel said...

I think CNN posted this for much the same reason you did.

I was aware that I would be open to that criticism as I was posting this. But I do find it odd that her celebrity requires the media to treat her more seriously than she deserves.

Steel Phoenix said...

As a corporation, CNN has a responsibility to their shareholders and employees to be profitable. To make money, they need viewers, most easily accomplished by offending no one; appearing unbiased and moderate. In order to do that, they have to accept people not on merit, but on keeping an appearance of fairness.

Strangely enough, I think if the government ran CNN, the outcome would be near identical. The government may not have the need for profit, but it has an even stronger pressure to seem fair and unbiased.

All of this highlights the need to have bloggers like us, who call it how we see it regardless of reader approval. I think the combination of large and small media makes for a pretty good balance in the end.